Pittsburgh offers a rich variety of learning resources for children including the Carnegie Science Center, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as well as the Zoo & Aquarium which are right in Highland Park. The closest public library is the East Liberty branch. The closest Kumon center is an Aspinwall.
Highland Park students are in the Pittsburgh Public School District and attend Fulton K-5 and Westinghouse 6-12 by default. Fulton is a STAR school, having achieved the top 1% for student growth in Pennsylvania in 2012. Fulton’s 5th graders are known for their high math scores, typically placing either first or second among city schools. However, many parents choose public magnet and charter schools throughout the city.
Pittsburgh has some of the top high schools in the state according to US News. The closest 6-12 school is the Obama International Academy – which is located just 1/4 mile south of Highland Park. The Obama Academy is magnet school with an accredited International Baccalaureate program. In 2012, Obama Academy graduates were accepted into 55 colleges and universities including CMU, Pitt, Penn State, University of Pennsylvania and many other well respected institutions. Graduates can earn up to a full year of college credit though the IB diploma and up to $40,000 in Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship money for in state tuition. Visit Obama Eagle the for a glimpse into the school.Many Highland Park students attend magnet schools, charter schools and cyber schools. These schools are public, they do not charge tuition, and any Pittsburgh student can apply. Nearby magnet K-5 schools include Dilworth (Arts), Fulton (French), Liberty (Spanish) and Linden (German, Chinese). The Urban League also runs a K-5 charter school in East Liberty. K-8 schools include Montessori and the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park.
The 6-12 magnet schools include the Pittsburgh School for Creative and Performing Arts, Sci-Tech and Obama International Academy. Allderdice offers a magnet engineering program.
You can lots of find detailed information on schools at the Pittsburgh Public Schools website.
Be sure to review the ‘Report to the Community’ found on the A+ Schools Website which provides a good comparison of schools.
Click on How to Choose a School to learn how your family can choose the school that’s right for your children.
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HPCC Kids committee activities:
The Highland Park kids committee is organized and staffed by volunteers. We rely on community members to keep fun kids activities happening in our neighborhood. During the past three years, we’ve followed the following three-season schedule:
Bryant St. festival: We provide a kids’ craft table at the Bryant St. festival. Last June we made crowns to wear during the festival. We also give out books to kids during the festival.
July: July 4th bike decorating and parade: For the past three years, we have held a big afternoon July 4th party where kids bring their bikes, tricycles, wagons, and choose from a multitude of red white & blue decorations to decorate their bikes. Last July we also made personalized decorated sun visors to wear. We then ride our vehicles around the fountain in different age groups for safety and have snacks and lemonade.
Reservoir of Jazz: The HPCC kids committee provides activities every Sunday in August during the Reservoir of Jazz concerts. Look out for our kids tent, where your kids can join us in a variety of activities, including: a nature scavenger hunt, making mosaic plaques, making a plaster/sand mini-beach, relay races, obstacle courses, and more!
Halloween parade: Every Halloween for the past 3 years we have had a late afternoon Halloween parade around the Highland Park fountain. We parade around the fountain to Halloween music and then have a costume contest. Prizes in various categories are awarded, including: scariest, most creative, cutest, best team costumes, and cutest baby costume. We provide pizza and cider so parents don’t have to worry about feeding their kids dinner before heading out for trick or treating. In 2010, we had over 60 kids participate!